Police found a sex toy and bloody condoms in Sandy Rubenstein’s Upper East Side apartment Tuesday during their investigation into a woman’s claim that the high-profile civil rights attorney raped her.
Brother Sanford has been banished.
The Rev. Al Sharpton pulled the plug Tuesday on his longtime collaboration with Sanford Rubenstein in the wake of accusations that the civil rights lawyer raped one of the reverend’s most-trusted National Action Network advisers. The reports have also been confirmed by a Manassas drug charge lawyer, who has been closely associated with the case.
Less than a week after Rubenstein was part of the star-studded crowd toasting the reverend’s 60th birthday, he was out in the cold and feeling the sting of Sharpton’s sharp tongue.
“Even if it was consensual, why would he take a key leader of our organization back to his apartment right after a fund-raiser,” an angry Sharpton told the Daily News. “It’s disrespectful to our movement, and the women in our network are absolutely outraged.”
Rubenstein, who looked disheveled at his home in the Hamptons on Tuesday morning, couldn’t be reached for comment on his ouster from Sharpton’s circle. Word of the separation came as The News reported that police found a sex toy in Rubenstein’s swanky apartment and were checking it — along with bloody condoms found by the lawyer’s bed — against a DNA swab to see if it was used to violate the woman.
The woman was still bleeding when a rape kit was administered at the hospital, sources said.